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Wrongful Death

Coping with the loss of a loved one is an experience is sometimes an impossible task. When your family member's death resulted from another party's negligence or wrongdoing, the grief only intensifies. In many instances, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Nothing can make up for the void of a human life lost. But financial compensation allows the family to bring closure if the amount approximates what the family believes it is entitled to.

How Wrongful Deaths Occur

Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another party. Those who were dependent on, or a beneficiary of, may be entitled to monetary damages. While states across America have passed wrongful death statutes in order to compel manufacturing companies, hospitals, and doctors to act carefully in their professional responsibilities, wrongful deaths do occur in situations such as:

  • Automobile Accidents and Bicycle Accidents — Automobile companies may be held responsible for defective products in their automobile, while trucking companies may be held accountable for truck accidents if their employee breaks trucking regulations.
  • Product Liability — A wrongful death may result because of a manufacturer's or dealer's negligence. Our attorneys have successfully tried cases against multinational companies, including Toyota, Hyundai, GM, etc.
  • Highway Safety and Government Liability The way a road is maintained or designed is often the responsibility of a government entity. Our Highway Safety attorneys are some of the most respected in the country. Few lawyers have the track record and experience of fighting a city or state as ours do.
  • Workplace Injury — A common cause of work-related deaths include accidents at a work site or a construction site. Every year contractors, roofers and construction workers fall victim to workplace accidents that lead to their death. The life of a worker may get tragically cut short because of a forklift accident, unexpected explosion of faulty equipment, falling objects, unsafe scaffolding and other equipment, etc. Other common occupations that have a high rate of work-related deaths include miners, fishermen, loggers, metal workers, electrical power installers, and truck drivers. Farming equipment also claims many lives every year in the United States.

Stanton v. LeMay

(April 2008) $2,700,000 settlement for the deaths of two minor children who were passengers in a vehicle that rear-ended a recycling truck without proper under-ride protection guard that had stopped in the roadway.

Clauson v. Ashland, Inc.

(March 2008) Confidential settlement for a diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma for a housewife as a result of being contaminated by asbestos fibers at home because of the work exposure of her ex-husband.

Plaintiff v. Defendant

(April 2007) $3,700,000 settlement for death of a 46-year-old airline pilot husband father of two. Truck turned in front of his motorcycle.  Substantial comparative negligence issues.

Wade v. Pierce County

(December 2006) $1,250,000 settlement for death of a 12-year-old on a bicycle struck by a police vehicle.

Stromberg v. Wiles

(August 2005)  $1,000,000 policy limits settlement for the death of a 57-year-old woman pedestrian hit by a pickup exiting a Bellevue garage.  She is survived by her spouse and three adult children.

Steen v. Hospital

(September 2004). $4,687,704.21 settlement after entry of a judgment and appeal for death of a patient as a result of hospital negligence.

Legier v. Mason County

(1999) $1,750,000 settlement for failure to properly maintain roads.  Resulted in deaths of two children.

Owen v. State of Washington

Seattle, Wash – The family members who survived the December 21, 2012 tree fall incident on U.S. 2 have settled their claims against the State of Washington for $10 million. NOTE: The following is the Owen family press release (September 5, 2014, 11 AM): In the days leading up to the tragedy, a combination of… Read More

Kime v. City of Seattle

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity. ~ George Bernard Shaw. One of the worst decisions the City of Seattle ever made was to allow Pioneer Square to erupt into riots during Mardi Gras 2001. Kristopher Kime was bending… Read More

Munich v. Skagit Emergency Communications Center, et al.

“Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt” ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld Bill Munich was on his property when neighbor Marvin Ballsmider started firing gunshots at him. Bill called 911 and listened to the dispatcher, who had told him that help was on its way. Unbeknownst to Bill, the call was not coded as… Read More

Santos v. [Confidential] Bar

David Santos lost his young son, when a drunk driver hit him on a well lit road. Terrance Oleson and James Nichols started celebrating another friend’s 25th birthday by drinking about a dozen screwdrivers and smoking pot at Nichols’ house. After getting served a series of beers and shots at the defendant bar, the drunk duo went on a small trek that resulted in hitting young Shane. Shane was on a bike, headed to the 7-11 with his friends (who survived but were seriously injured). He died at the scene.

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